9 Day Greece Tour and Oberammergau2022-04-23T10:52:28+02:00
9 Day Greece Tour and Oberammergau
June 21 – 29 • 2022
Day 1 – Depart U.S.A.
Embark upon your journey with an overnight flight to Athens. Prepare yourself for a lifechanging experience and get some rest on our
overnight flight. Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostle Paul walked!
Day 2 – Arrive Athens, Acropolis
We arrive in Athens late morning and are met by our Greek representative, we then meet our guide and board our bus as we make our way for Athens orientation tour, time permitting, we will also include a visit to the world-renowned Acropolis, to see the Propylea, the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. We visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his speech on the “Unknown God.” Acropolis, Parthenon and also a short walk takes us to Mars Hill, before we make our way to our hotel. Dinner and overnight are in Athens.
Day 3 – Athens, Corinth
After breakfast we begin our sightseeing with our drive for our visit to Ancient Corinth. This is the once-glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. Then we drive to Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia, thus ending his second missionary journey. Then we head back to Athens. Here, we will admire the architectural wonders of ancient Athens. Next, we see the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. During our bus tour, we also see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. Dinner and overnight are in Athens.
Day 4 – : Piraeus, Start Our 3-night Mediterranean Cruise
We transfer to Piraeus to embark on our Greek Isles cruise, our “floating hotel” for the next three nights. We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. We arrive at Mykonos, where we disembark and have time to experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes. We stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening activities. No excursions are included today, as we will visit the island at our leisure.
Day 5 – Kusadasi, Ephesus & Patmos
In the morning we arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. Excursion Included: A short drive takes us to Ephesus, where Paul spent three years during his ministry. The impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsus, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) and many more. Later, we sail for the island of Patmos. Excursion Included: Here we visit the Monastery of St. John, on one of the island’s highest points. From there, we walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine.
Day 6 – Heraklion, Crete & Santorini
In the morning, we arrive at Heraklion, Crete and disembark. Excursion Included: During this excursion, we take a short ride through the town of Heraklion and then arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan’s archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Paul left Titus in Crete and gave instructions on appointing church leaders in the towns (Titus 1:5ff). In the afternoon, we cruise to the isle of Santorini and disembark. Excursion Not included: Santorini is often referred to as the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages, including the town of Fira, or Thira, cling to volcanic cliffs, accessible by cable-car, or mule.
Day 7 – Athens, Flight to Munich, Germany
We return back to Piraeus and disembark our wonderful cruise and transfer to Athens Airport for our flight for Munich, Germany. Upon arrival in Munich, we will meet our tour escort and enjoy an orientation tour as we make our way to the Oberammergau area. Dinner and overnight in the Oberammergau area.
Day 8 – Oberammergau Passion Play
Oberammergau is not only known for its World Famous Passion Play, but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colorful and attractive frescos known as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning we have time to explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and a woodcarving workshop. Then we should take our seat at the Passion Play Theater for the early afternoon performance. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are either born in Oberammergau or been residents for more than 20 years. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ we can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the Bible presented as still life. After 2.5 hours it is time for a dinner break, which is waiting for us in a local restaurant. After dinner, we have the opportunity to stroll around in the village and to do some shopping. Later this evening, the second part of the play starts and will end at approximately 11:00 pm. We go back to our hotel in the Oberammergau area for overnight after the play.
Day 9 – Munich Airport, U.S.A.
Today we depart from Munich airport for our flight back to the USA. We return home the same day. Indeed we have experienced the Journey of a Lifetime! We visited all of the wondrous sites connected with the Bible, then capped off these unforgettable experiences with the most memorable presentation of Christ’s great Last Week, the traditional Passion Play of Oberammergau.
Round trip airfare per brochure, deluxe motor coaches, First Class / Superior First Class hotels 3-star accommodations in the Oberammergau area, guided sightseeing, entrance fees to sites visited, breakfast & dinner daily per brochure, lunches & unlimited beverages onboard cruise.
Taxes and fuel charges totaling $595 USD comprised of $264.60 for fuel charges (subject to increase by airline up to 30 days prior to departure) and $330.40 for taxes (including federal inspection fees for the U.S. Customs and Immigrations; international air transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment and U.S. and International arrival and departure, and other government imposed fees up to $300 per person).
Port fees of $129 & cruise gratuities of $30; price based on outside cabin category XA/standard cabin.
$65 gratuities for tour guide, driver and hoteliers for services provided on land in Greece; 5) shore excursions included for group to Patmos, Ephesus & Crete on board Celestyal Cruises.
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